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About Healthy Connections Knoxville

A stable, healthy relationship is strongly linked to physical and emotional health and is a fundamental building block of a healthy community. However, Tennessee is one of ten states with the highest divorce rates, and broadly accessible programs for strengthening couple relationships have been nonexistent in Knoxville.

Statistically, 80-90% of couples seeking divorce never seek professional counseling, and by their second year of marriage, 50% of newlyweds seriously doubt their marriage will last. A majority of couples experiencing unhappiness and dissatisfaction in their relationships can turn this around with help from the right resources.

Healthy Connections 2022 Annual Report
HCK has been in existence since 2014, starting as the Knoxville Marriage Initiative and then transitioning to Healthy Connections Knoxville in 2018. Download our 2022 Annual Report to find out about our work supporting healthy couple relationships. 

Healthy Connections Knoxville aims to grow a network of church and community organizations that provide effective and accessible relationship assistance to citizens of Knoxville and surrounding counties. We believe that church and community organizations can provide research-proven relationship assistance to help couples grow healthy, stable relationships.

We train clergy, community volunteers, and practitioners to provide research-based Marriage/Relationship Education (MRE) designed to strengthen the relationships of all couples.

MRE prevents marital breakdown, improves relationship quality, and provides couples with necessary tools to maintain higher marital quality across time.

Scott Stanley, Ph.D., University of Denver

Healthy Connections Knoxville was developed by Dr. Clark Stevens of Fellowship Church, along with consultation from Dr. Kristina Gordon from the University of Tennessee. The development and continued growth of Healthy Connections Knoxville is made possible by grants from the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee, the Cornerstone Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation, along with donations from private donors. We truly appreciate all of the support that we have received!

About PREP Curriculum

Healthy Connections Knoxville utilizes the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), which has over three decades of research backing its effectiveness in improving couples relationships. PREP is designed to teach couples skills to have a healthier more satisfying relationship.

Whether you are struggling to communicate or enjoying a warm, loving relationship, PREP can teach you tools to improve and sustain a healthy relationship. PREP has lessons on understanding each other’s personalities, learning how to listen well, managing anger and conflict in relationships, and understanding your own sensitive spots that might be hindering intimacy.

Through experiential activities, videos, and teaching you will learn the keys to having a satisfying relationship. This is not group therapy, most of the activities will be done between you and your partner, and you will not be forced to share with the larger group.

About our Instructors

Our workshops are lead by clergy, volunteers, and practitioners. They receive training in the PREP Curriculum, including best practices in relationship education programming, facilitation, and mentoring, as well as ongoing support from trained supervisors. Programming is based on research that has determined what makes relationships succeed or fail, including the benefits of marriage, normal, expected stages and challenges all couples face, skills and behaviors that help build strong bonds, and avoiding the dangers of falling out of love and hope.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about involvement or simply want to learn more about Healthy Connections Knoxville, contact us at